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How can sleep deprivation lead to truck accidents?

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There are many factors that might contribute to a dangerous truck accident. From a truck driver who is speeding down a Virginia highway to one who is distracted by his or her cell phone, Virginia drivers must be on the lookout for dangerous situations that can arise from truck driver negligence. One particularly troublesome factor that contributes to truck accidents is a truck drivers' lack of sleep.

Truck drivers often drive during overnight hours or work odd hours of the day. Such a schedule may help them avoid heavy traffic, but they can also have the effect of creating an unusual and inconsistent sleep schedule, thereby resulting in drivers not getting sufficient sleep.

A person who has not had adequate sleep may have less focus and make more errors. This in turn can lead to more semi truck accidents. Interestingly, an person who is sleep-deprived is almost three times more likely to cause an accident than one who is well-rested. Moreover, a person who is insufficiently rested is 3.6 times more likely to exhibit behavior that compromises safety. A person's "executive functions" are compromised when the person does not get enough rest, which increases the potential for mistakes. These are frightening statistics for drivers who are sharing Virginia's highways with large commercial vehicles.

Anyone in the Roanoke County area who has been involved in an accident with a potentially sleep-deprived truck driver may want to speak with an attorney. Sleep deprivation can constitute negligence and, therefore, an injured victim may be able to recover financially following such an accident.

Source: fleetowner.com, "Eye opening impacts of poor sleep," Kevin Jones, accessed July 29, 2016

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